We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2010

SIPRI Yearbook 2010

III. Arms transfers to North Africa

Chapter:
7. International arms transfers
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2010
Author(s):
Paul Holtom, Mark Bromley, Pieter D. Wezeman, Siemon T. Wezeman

In recent years concerns have been expressed that regional rivals Algeria and Morocco are engaged in an ‘arms race’, which is also influencing Libya’s arms acquisition plans.58 Although Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia accounted for only 3 per cent of global arms imports for the period 2005–2009, their total imports were 62 per cent higher than 2000–2004.59 Algeria accounted for 89 per cent of transfers to North Africa during 2005–2009, but Morocco, which accounted for less than 6 per cent of the volume for the same period, has placed significant orders in 2008 and 2009, lending weight to arms race fears. The likelihood of interstate conflict between Algeria and Morocco is low. However, these reactive acquisitions do not contribute to an improvement in Algerian–Moroccan relations or improve the chances of an acceptable political settlement being reached in the UN-backed talks on the future status of Western Sahara.60 This section provides an overview of recent and upcoming international transfers of arms and military equipment to Algeria, Morocco and Libya to help assess arms race claims. It considers a number of the factors driving these acquisitions and the concerns regarding them. It also highlights the competition between major suppliers to secure contracts in the region.

Citation (MLA):
Holtom, Paul, Mark Bromley, Pieter D. Wezeman, and Siemon T. Wezeman. "7. International arms transfers." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780199581122/sipri-9780199581122-div1-60.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Holtom, P., Bromley, M., Wezeman, P., & Wezeman, S. (2016). 7. International arms transfers. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2010: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780199581122/sipri-9780199581122-div1-60.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Holtom, Paul, Mark Bromley, Pieter D. Wezeman, and Siemon T. Wezeman. "7. International arms transfers." In SIPRI Yearbook 2010: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 16 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780199581122/sipri-9780199581122-div1-60.xml
The SIPRI Yearbook online requires a subscription or purchase to access its full text (purchase of a print copy of the 2010-2016 yearbooks also provides access to some content). Unsubscribed users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
Please log in to access full text content, or find out more about how to subscribe.
If you think you should have access to this service, please contact your librarian.